From Itzhak Perlman's MasterClass


Meet your new instructor: Grammy Award-winning violinist and conductor Itzhak Perlman. Mr. Perlman tells you how this class will differ from traditional violin master classes and how through teaching others, you can teach yourself.

Topics include: Introduction


Meet your new instructor: Grammy Award-winning violinist and conductor Itzhak Perlman. Mr. Perlman tells you how this class will differ from traditional violin master classes and how through teaching others, you can teach yourself.

Topics include: Introduction

Itzhak Perlman

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[MUSIC PLAYING] ITZHAK PERLMAN (VOICEOVER): I've been with music since I was practically born. It's my language. It's my way of life. [MUSIC PLAYING] To be a musician, it's almost like to be a magician. You have to do certain things that the listener doesn't know what you're doing. It's not easy to do. [MUSIC PLAYING] Think of yourself as a painter with a palette full of paints. You have choices. [MUSIC PLAYING] They are all at your disposal on the violin. [MUSIC PLAYING] - I want everybody to come in really fortissimo. ITZHAK PERLMAN (VOICEOVER): Teaching has been a very important part of my musical life, and I feel that it has helped me with my playing. Like I always say, when you teach others, you teach yourself. [MUSIC PLAYING] [APPLAUSE AND CHEERING] [FOOTSTEPS] - Those steps-- you know, some things that are really easy for you are real hard for me. [MUSIC PLAYING] - Yeah, but some things are easy for you that are hard for me. [MUSIC PLAYING] ITZHAK PERLMAN: Violin is a very challenging instrument-- very challenging. You know, when you think about-- even when you think about a stringed instrument, such as a guitar, you have at least some threads-- you know that thing over there that you can put your fingers, and you know more or less where you are. Violin-- nothing. It's like playing by braille. You know, you are supposed to play by feel. So comparing a beginner on the piano and the beginner on the violin-- who can make a better sound right away? Well, guess. Of course, the pianist, because on the piano, you know, you press the finger on the key. Immediately, something mechanical goes on there in the piano, and there is a little hammer, and your string is tuned. You touch the string, and you've got the sound. If you try to do it on the violin, an immediate-- getting a sound even is-- is like this. That's that sound. You have to do so many things in order to make this successful. So it's very challenging. - All right, try from here. [MUSIC PLAYING] ITZHAK PERLMAN (VOICEOVER): At first, I did a lot of normal master classes, which is one on one in front of an audience. - Ah, ah, ah, more, more, more body-- da, de, da, de. Now you go. Don't rush. Don't rush this time. Plenty of time. ITZHAK PERLMAN: The old-fashioned master classes is when the student plays and the teacher says, oh, that's very nice. Let me show you how it goes. And then the teacher plays. And he says, now you go ahead and play it. So the teacher plays, and it's like great, you know. And then the poor student has to-- now you play that. So you know, that's-- that's not teaching. That's basically showing. And, of course, you deal with a lot of kids who have fantastic ears. So when they hear something, they imitate it. And that's why I don't like-- I try to stay away from showing too much because I want whenever they do something to be their own, not because they heard somebody ...

Play with passion

The world’s reigning virtuoso violin player, Itzhak Perlman performs for presidents, royals, and classical music lovers around the world. Now the beloved Juilliard instructor and 15-time Grammy Award winner brings his passion for teaching to a wide audience for the first time. Learn fundamental techniques, practice strategies, and how to add richness and depth to your sound. Give your most dynamic performance yet.


Students give MasterClass an average rating of 4.7 out of 5 stars.

This was one of best Master Classes and I would love for more violin lessons. He is an exceptional musician and teacher. Thank you

My violin is out of its case and into my hands! Excuse me, I need to go practice. Slowly.

I've made my way through the first few videos and they are great! Mr. Perlman is a fantastic teacher and there really is something for all levels here

I am a student who is passionate in learning about the musical arts and to participate in a masterclass with the great violin virtuoso, Mr. Itzhak Perlman, was just an absolute joy.


Cameron J.

Hi everyone. Loving this Masterclass so far. I produce music and dj and am using this as inspiration and the small piano that I play will hopefully be imbued with the full self and life that Perlman brings to his music. I was wondering.... for those in Timbaland’s, Deadmau5’s and Armin’s class could we have some samples of you playing to work with in our production and composition? I would love for ways to connect the classes and communities here and as I write for violin and play it in Ableton, working with the emotive sounds of your violin would be wonderful.

Janet C.

I retired in January and when my friends asked “what will you do now?” I just knew. I wanted to learn to play the violin. When I saw the opportunity to learn from Itzhak Perlman?!? WOW! I look forward to the community and the inspiration to help my lessons here at home to be even more meaningful.

Richard C.

What a privilege to learn at the feet of the master! I was fortunate to grow up next door to a brilliant woman who was a violinist in the Tucson Symphony Orchestra. Back in the early 60s, when I was 8 or 9 years old, she insisted that I attend a particular concert, because the guest soloist was a young musician who she believed was destined to be the greatest violinist of our time. It was Itzhak Perlman.

Justa C.

I am thrilled that Itzhak Perlman is teaching a Master Class! I look forward to seeing what wondrous things I can learn from Mr. Perlman about my favorite musical instrument, the violin :)...thank you!!


This is absolutely fantastic. I'm a 50+ year old who started because my daughter is doing Suzuki lessons, and thought I'd learn to play as well, having always loved the instrument. Being able to learn from such a legend is wonderful. I've finished Grade 3 and my teacher suggested I try playing the viola as well (big hands) - so I'm looking forward to applying everything I learn here to that too. The PDF is also full of great stuff. Bravo!

Rob H.

I really enjoyed the Introduction. I think one of the hardest things for adults learning to play the violin or learning anything new, is letting go of our past. For most of our lives we are shown how to do just about everything you have ever learned. To teach without showing is a hard thing to do. Especially when the student only expects to be shown. I am looking forward to this master class. "Wax on Wax off"

Brian D.

I have never played a a violin but have always loved it think it’s time to learn off the master

Iolani G.

I am so very very grateful!!! I am ecstatic to learn from you Itzhak Pearlman! WHat an honour and privilage! All my life I have loved the violin as a classical ballet dancer and dancer at heart in life. Now, at near 57 I can get my violin strings changed, its been waiting a few years for me, get a new bow and I'm ready! Thank you. Thank you MAster Class for offering true Masters at so many artforms in life. I am grateful! 'Iolani Grace

Inge C.

Couldn't watch a single one, the videos simply didn't download (that download circle kept spinning forever). Very frustrated. Help!

Gil M.

I am so glad that finally we have an opportunity like having the best to instruct violin lessons. So many doubts as an amateur violin player which will be definitely solved through these classes. Thank you Mr. Perlman, thank you Masterclass team.